Resources for All Mizzou Students

We are here for our Mizzou family!  Find information below for different resources on campus and off campus that can help support you academically, physically, and emotionally!


Emergency Contacts:

 

Boone County Fire Protection District 
2201 I-70 Drive NW
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 447-5000
https://bcfdmo.com

 

Boone County Sheriff’s Department
2121 County Dr.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 875-1111
https://www.boonecountymo.org/sheriff/

 

Columbia Police Department
600 E. Walnut St.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (573) 874-7652
CrimeStoppers: (573) 875-8477
https://www.como.gov/police

 

MU Campus Police
901 Virginia Ave.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergencies: (573) 882-7201
https://mupolice.missouri.edu

 

MU Counseling Center
24/7 crisis support.  In-person crisis services are available during normal business hours. Please call and ask to speak to an on-call clinician prior to presenting in person.

119 Parker Hall

(573) 882-6601

 

ULifeline
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health. 
Need help now? Text “START” to 741741 or call (800) 273-TALK (8255)
http://www.ulifeline.org/

 

National Resources/Hotlines:

 

Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Any person may report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report, but please consider identifying yourself. Being able to contact you later helps the Children’s Division staff complete a more thorough investigation. Mandated reporters can make a report online.
(800) 392-3738
https://dss.mo.gov/cd/keeping-kids-safe/can.htm

 

Identity Theft Resource Center
Provides identity theft case mitigation at no charge and consumer education.
(888) 400-5530
https://www.idtheftcenter.org/

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live free of abuse.
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or chat online
(888) 761-4357 or text HAND to 839863
https://www.thehotline.org/

 

National Eating Disorder Helpline
Contact the Helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one. Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the information and support you are looking for. You can call our confidential Helpline Monday-Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can also chat with our Helpline! Helpline chat hours are Monday-Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday from 8am to 4pm.
(800) 931-2237: call during the hours above, or text the same number Monday-Thursday 2pm – 5pm, or chat online
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

 

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Provides survivors of sexual violence with the support services they need through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Survivors can access help by calling the toll-free hotline number or by visiting online.rainn.org to chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist 24/7. It’s confidential and secure.
(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
https://hotline.rainn.org/online (chat)

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A national, suicide prevention hotline consists of a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support via telephone to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
(800) 273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Poison Control Center
A medical service that is able to provide immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances. Also answers questions about potential poisons, in addition to providing treatment management advice about household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes.
(800) 222-1222
https://missouripoisoncenter.org/

 

The Trevor Lifeline
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
(866) 488-7386, chat online, or text the word START to 678678
www.thetrevorproject.org

 

ULifeline
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health. 
Need help now? Text “START” to 741741 or call (800) 273-TALK (8255)
http://www.ulifeline.org/

 

Veterans Crisis Line
Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
(800) 273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online
www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

Academic Resources:

 

Assistance League© of Mid-Missouri

Operates multiple programs to help children and adults in need in Columbia.

1729 W Broadway, Suite 1A

(573) 445-3848

www.almm.org

  • Scholarships Provides financial assistance toward a college degree or skilled training that will improve the employment opportunities and financial security for those individuals served. Our annual Assisting Women’s Achievement Scholarships are awarded to women age 25 and older who have successfully completed 60 hours of college work. 

Career Center

Offers a broad range of services and resources to assist students in their career-related needs. We assist students in finding majors, exploring career options, seeking student employment, drafting a resume or cover letter, developing job search strategies, building interview skills, and much more.

201 Student Success Center

(573) 882-6801 or chat with a Career Specialist on the website

https://career.missouri.edu

 

Center for Academic Success and Excellence (CASE)

Supports the educational achievement of underserved as well as underrepresented minority students through individualized attention and cohort-based programming.
110 Student Success Center

(573) 882-9208

https://case.missouri.edu/

 

Discovery Center

Provides academic direction and support for undergraduate students who are exploring multiple academic pathways. Works collaboratively with students to help them develop and accomplish academic, career, and life goals. The academic advisor and student work together to find a fit between the student’s interests, values, and abilities and what MU offers. Ultimately, students learn to navigate and take full advantage of the university.

M110 Student Success Center

(573) 884-9700

https://discoverycenter.missouri.edu/

 

Ellis Library

1020 Lowry St.

(573) 882-4701

https://library.missouri.edu/

 

Fellowships and Advanced Studies

Houses advising programs for nationally competitive fellowships and pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, and pre-physician assistant students. Identifies high-ability and high-achieving students as early as possible in their college careers and assists them in developing their potential as candidates for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships.  

165 McReynolds Hall

https://fellowships.missouri.edu/

 

Learning Center

Provides instruction that deepens and enriches students’ understanding of the classes in which they enroll, through peer and professional tutoring and study plan consultations, as well as serving as the center of operations for Mizzou’s TRiO program, and Writing Center.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493

https://learningcenter.missouri.edu/

 

McNair Scholars Program

Provides enriching experiences that prepare eligible students for doctoral study.

10 Arts & Science Building

(573) 882-1962

https://mcnair.missouri.edu/

 

Office of Service-Learning

Provides opportunities and academic credit for experience-based learning to promote lifelong commitment to social responsibility and public service. 

165 McReynolds Hall

(573) 882-0227

https://servicelearning.missouri.edu/

 

Registrar

Resources pertaining to registration, adding/dropping courses, grades, transcripts, degree programs and academic policies.

125 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-7881

https://registrar.missouri.edu/

 

Transfer Center

A space where the transfer student community comes together at all stages of the transfer process. The Transfer Center provides admissions coordinators to navigate your transition to Mizzou, advisors to guide you in your academics, and programming to keep you engaged in the Mizzou community.

M110 Student Success Center

(573) 884-9700

https://transfercenter.missouri.edu

 

TRiO Program

Designed to help promising students from underrepresented groups meet the academic, financial, and social demands of a college education.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493

https://trio.missouri.edu/

 

Undergraduate Research

Facilitates, promotes and encourages research opportunities for undergraduate students to explore the unknown through hands-on work with faculty mentors. The office organizes several forums and poster sessions for students to share their work on campus and provides opportunities for students to travel and present at conferences across the U.S. and around the world.

150 Bond Life Sciences Center

(573) 882-5979

https://undergradresearch.missouri.edu

 

The Writing Center

Offers writing support to all students at the University of Missouri. Although tutors are not editors, they can help with any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming, to major structural revisions, to putting the finishing touches on a final draft.

100 Student Success Center

(573) 882-2493

https://writingcenter.missouri.edu/

 

 

MU Campus Offices and Organizations:

 

Asian Affairs Center

Provides professional development programs for Asian students and professionals, hosted here on the beautiful University of Missouri campus. The center also connects MU students and Columbia residents to Asia through volunteer opportunities and referrals to programs for Asian studies at MU and teaching or studying abroad.

N49 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6902

https://international.missouri.edu/asia/

 

Association of Latin@ American Students (ALAS)

Caters to the Latin@ community at the university but is open to anyone who is interested in learning about Latin@ culture. This student-run organization strives to promotes cultural competency, raises awareness about Latin@ issues happening globally and on-campus.

mizzoualas@gmail.com

https://multiculturalcenter.missouri.edu/alas/

 

Bias Hotline

A method for reporting bias incidents – either experienced or witnessed – by members of our university community. 

(844) 946-1837

https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/74591/index.html

 

Campus Activities Programming Board (CAPB)

Campus Activities Programming Board (CAPB) is a student led, faculty advised group that believes in being BY the students FOR the students. Our mission is to provide social, cultural, and educations programs that foster a sense of belonging, inclusion, and engagement for the MU community. We focus on programs such as concerts, speakers, films, daytime, late night, international and so much more! You might recognize some of our well known events like the Midnight BBQ, Spooktacular, Create Your Own Luck and Mizzou-a-palooza. We hire event staff each semester to help produce and orchestrate our events, and many of our event staff later go on to become the board members of CAPB and plan the events.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-3780

Twitter: @StuffToDoAtMU

Facebook: @StuffToDoAtMU

Instagram: @StuffToDoAtMU

https://getinvolved.missouri.edu/events/campus-activities-programming-board/

 

Cashiers Office

The Office of Cashiers, a unit within the Division of Finance, is responsible for managing student finances and consists of five main areas: student account billing and collection, cashiering services, refund processing, sponsor billing, and institutional student loans.

325 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-3097

https://cashiers.missouri.edu/

 

Disability Center

If you are an MU student and you have a documented disability, the Disability Center can help you get what you need to have an equal educational opportunity at Mizzou.  Mizzou students with disabilities are also eligible for several scholarships through the MU Disability Center.

S5 Memorial Union

(573) 882-4696

disabilitycenter@missouri.edu

https://disabilitycenter.missouri.edu/

 

Financial Aid

Will work with you and your family to calculate the cost of your education, point to resources that will help you plan for the costs of higher education, and help secure the financial assistance you need to fund your education here at Mizzou. 

11 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-7506

https://financialaid.missouri.edu/

Scholarships: https://financialaid.missouri.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/index.php

 

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life strives to uphold our values of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood. We aim to provide a positive undergraduate collegiate experience rich with opportunities to enhance the personal and professional development of our members.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-8291

https://fsl.missouri.edu/

 

Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC)

Dedicated to providing social and educational programs that reflect the history, heritage, and culture of the African Diaspora to all students, faculty, staff, and the Mid-Missouri community.

813 Virginia Ave.

(573) 882-2664

https://gobcc.missouri.edu/

 

Information Technology/Computer Help Desk

(573) 882-5000

https://doit.missouri.edu/

Software Anywhere (so much free stuff!): https://doit.missouri.edu/services/software/software-anywhere/

Services (so many services!): https://doit.missouri.edu/services/

 

Involvement Ambassadors

The Involvement Ambassadors are a group of experienced students who are available for one-on-one consultations and group presentations that help connect fellow students to resources to get involved on Mizzou’s campus and discuss the importance of campus involvement. Have a quick question about campus involvement that needs a quick answer? Email an involvement ambassador at involveambass@missouri.edu.

2500 MU Student Center

https://international.missouri.edu/

 

International Programs (including Study Abroad)

Facilitates all things international at MU. Whether you are from another country coming to MU to study, or you are an MU student looking to go abroad to study, support services are available.

N52 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6007

https://international.missouri.edu/

 

LGBTQ Resource Center

The MU LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Resource Center! Provides education about, support, and advocacy for sexual and gender minorities at MU, through advising student organizations, sharing resources through our center and library, and holding programs throughout the year such as Coming Out Week, Transgender Empowerment & Awareness Week, and Pride Month held every April.

G225 MU Student Center

(573) 884-7750

lgbtq@missouri.edu

https://lgbtq.missouri.edu/

 

Legion of Black Collegians

The only Black Student Government in the country; taking pride in working to develop a lasting appreciation of social, moral, intellectual, and most of all, cultural values that will uplift the Black student in the pursuit of academia, and heighten the cultural consciousness of all students in all aspects of student life. We are the leading voice on campus working to eradicate ignorance and promote positive change through education, motivation, and advocacy for Black students at Mizzou.

2500 MU Student Center

muosllbc@missouri.edu

https://lbc.missouri.edu/

 

Missouri Students Association (MSA)

The recognized undergraduate student government at the University of Missouri, representing students of the university, and committed to representing their interests and advocating for issues they face. MSA provides students with many opportunities to experience social and cultural activities as well as a range of services and programs by working with other student organizations and bringing activities and speakers to campus.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-8585

https://msa.missouri.edu/

 

Mizzou Alternative Breaks

Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) is a student-led program on the campus of the University of Missouri that sends students across the United States and abroad to serve communities in need. Trips go out over Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, Summer, and weekend breaks. The program is completely student-led, meaning all participants who go on trips, site leaders who plan trips, and executive board members who oversee the management of trips are Mizzou undergrad or graduate students. 

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-8585

https://breaks.missouri.edu/

 

MizzouRec Services and Facilities

MizzouRec Services and Facilities is a department within the Division of Student Affairs that provides quality leisure experiences to all members of the campus community, primarily Mizzou students. From our award winning facilities to our nationally recognized programs, we strive to bring our members and guests an environment that inspires and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.

(573) 882-0369

https://mizzourec.com/

 

Mizzou Student Media

Mizzou Student Media serves as an outlet for University of Missouri students to create journalistic content through MUTV, KCOU and The Maneater. MSM promotes journalistic values and gives students the opportunity to have a hands on journalism experience, even before they are accepted into their emphasis areas.

https://j4502-fs16.github.io/missouristudentmedia/

 

Multicultural Center

Works to address the needs of underrepresented populations, providing a safe outlet and home away from home. Includes a comfortable lounge and workspaces for all Mizzou students, that can also be reserved for meetings and events or programs.

G107 MU Student Center

(573) 882-7152

https://multiculturalcenter.missouri.edu/

 

Off-Campus Student Services

Provides students who are currently, or are considering, living off-campus, with the resources necessary to have positive off-campus experiences.  We connect students with educational tools to make informed decisions about the best living arrangements for their individual situations.  We strive to promote a safe, fun, and healthy environment for students, as well as the overall Columbia community.  

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 882-1753

https://offcampus.missouri.edu/

 

Office for Civil Rights & Title IX

Investigates all forms of sex-based violence including sexual misconduct, dating or intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, or invasion of sexual privacy. Also investigates the use of racial or ethnic slurs to harass or intimidate. Enforces the university’s non-discrimination policies, educates the community about our policies and practices, connects people to the resources that can support them if they experience discrimination or retaliation, and listens to the concerns of the campus community.

202 Jesse Hall and 145 Heinkel Building

(573) 882-3880

https://civilrights.missouri.edu

 

Office for Financial Success

Our primary mission is to improve the financial well-being of the campus community through the use of one-on-one consultations, group workshops and online services.

162 Stanley Hall

(573) 882-2173

https://financialsuccess.missouri.edu

 

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP)

RSVP Center staff members provide basic crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of violence, while student staff and student organizations hold many educational programs and events throughout the year for the campus community.

G216 MU Student Center

(573) 882-6638

RSVP@missouri.edu

https://rsvp.missouri.edu/

 

Residential Life

Provides a housing experience that engages students within an innovative and educational environment that supports best on-campus housing practices and promotes student success.

0780 Defoe-Graham Hall

901 Hitt St.

(573) 882-7275

https://www.housing.missouri.edu

 

Student Accountability and Support

Carries out the university’s educational mission and goals by supporting you as you navigate challenging situations.  The Office of Student Accountability and Support is responsible for facilitating the conduct procedures for the campus.  The Care Team works to connect you to the appropriate resources during academic, personal, financial, and emergency situations. The office aims to protect the rights of all members of the university community by providing interventions for the resolution of conflict as well as providing opportunities for individual growth and development.

G206 MU Student Center

(573) 882-5543

https://accountability.missouri.edu/

 

Student Legal Education

Provides legal education and legal consultation to students on the Mizzou campus during the spring and fall semesters. Our mission is to help you learn how to resolve any legal conflicts and disputes currently interfering with your goals, as well as how to apply this learning throughout your life.

2507D MU Student Center

0520-I Defoe-Graham Hall

(573) 882-5543

https://accountability.missouri.edu/support/student-legal-education/

 

Student Veterans Resource & Support Center

Meets the needs and addresses the concerns of veterans at Mizzou. It’s a designated place on campus where you can find camaraderie and friendship along with resources and support. 

N-5 Memorial Union

(573) 884-4383

https://veterans.missouri.edu/

 

Study Abroad

Mizzou Study Abroad supports MU’s student success mission and strategic priorities under the direction of MU International Programs and in close partnership with MU academic units. We provide transformative global learning experiences for students that support academic success, leadership development, career exploration, intercultural proficiency, and global citizenship.

N52 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6007

https://international.missouri.edu/studyabroad/

 

Women’s Center

Provides resources and an outlet for social justice education and community building! We serve women, men, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals. We collaborate with other offices and student organizations to co-sponsor events and provide advising. Our year is full of events that include social, cultural, and educational programs that celebrate the communities around us.

G108 MU Student Center

(573) 882-6621

https://womenscenter.missouri.edu

 

Medical Resources:

 

Boone County Health Department

Provides immunizations, shots, and vaccines; reproductive health, birth control, and pregnancy testing; STD and HIV testing; teen services; smoking cessation; TB testing/treatment; dental exams; lead testing; and blood pressure and glucose checks.

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 874-7355

https://www.como.gov/health/

 

Boone Health

1600 E. Broadway

(573) 815-8000

https://boone.health/

 

Care Team

The Care Team provides one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals and follow-up services for you when you are experiencing significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, personal and family emergencies, financial issues, or other areas of concern. The Care Team is committed to assisting you in successfully navigating the University of Missouri campus. As Care Coordinators, we take a holistic approach in our work. This means that we are active, empathic listeners and focus on the whole person in front of us. Our goal is to join you in tackling challenges so that you do not feel alone in the process. The Care Coordinator provides resources and information to help you navigate university systems and policies while prioritizing your well-being and academic success, making connections with faculty, staff and other offices that can collaborate with you to ensure your needs are met, and to help you develop self-advocacy skills that prepare you for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college. The Care Team is not counseling or therapy. Care Coordinators have the opportunity to develop close helping relationships with students while coaching you toward appropriate self-care and self-advocacy.

https://accountability.missouri.edu/support/care-team/

 

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

800 Hospital Dr.

(573) 814-6000

(800) 273-8255 (press 1): Veteran’s Crisis Line

https://www.columbiamo.va.gov/

 

MedZou Community Health Clinic
A faculty-sponsored medical clinic that provides free primary health care, education and prevention to insured residents of central Missouri. MedZou’s primary care clinic takes place every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to primary care clinics, MedZou is proud to offer several specialty clinics, which occur on most Monday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.: diabetes care, dermatology, musculoskeletal, neurology, and psychiatry. MedZou also provides free diagnostic cancer testing for breast and cervical cancer to uninsured women.  

MU Family Impact Center

105 E. Ash, Suite 200

(573) 356-2499

https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/medzou

 

MU Student Health Center

Medical care, psychiatry, immunizations and 24/7 nurse line.  Call for same-day or next-day appointments.  Workshops offered through Wellness and Counseling can be found in Engage under Student Health and Well-Being. Some require registration, others are drop in.

1020 Hitt St.

(573) 882-7481

http://studenthealth.missouri.edu

 

MU Wellness Resource Center

Provides comprehensive health and well-being resources, including workshops, online tools, and education.  Workshops offered through Wellness and Counseling can be found in Engage under Student Health and Well-Being. Some require registration, others are drop in.

G202 MU Student Center

(573) 882-4634

mizzouwellness@missouri.edu

https://wellbeing.missouri.edu/

 

PhysZou Physical Therapy Program
PhysZOU is a pro bono physical therapy clinic associated with the University of Missouri, Department of Physical Therapy. Our mission is to provide physical therapy services to the uninsured and underinsured population of Mid-Missouri in order to empower patients to take charge of their health and well-being, while enhancing student learning through hands-on experience and research opportunities. A team of student physical therapists and licensed clinicians work together to improve each individual client’s function and quality of life. Please note that the PhysZOU clinic is open two days per week during the academic Fall and Spring semesters at MU. Clients may be placed on a waiting list.

6R Clark Hall

703 S. 5th St.

(573) 882-4012

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/physical-therapy-program/physzou/

 

Planned Parenthood

Provides a wide range of confidential, safe, expert healthcare.

711 N. Providence

(573) 443-0427

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/missouri/columbia/65203/columbia-health-center-2760-90740

 

TigerOT Clinic
TigerOT is a program that provides hands-on clinical opportunities for student practitioners in both traditional outpatient settings and the community. Student practitioners work collaboratively with clients of all ages and backgrounds to maximize potential in every aspects of daily life. TigerOT serves both children and adults who may be experiencing challenges associated with neurologic, musculoskeletal, mental health and developmentally based conditions. Specific conditions include stroke, head injury, amputation, chronic pain, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments and spinal cord injury. Services are by appointment, call for more information.

The TigerOT Clinics are located in Clark Hall and Lewis Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/tigerot-clinic/

 

University Hospital

1 Hospital Dr.

(573) 882-4141

https://www.muhealth.org/locations/university-hospital

 

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

404 N. Keene St.

(573) 875-9000

https://www.muhealth.org/locations/womens-and-childrens

 

Mental Health Resources:

 

Ask Listen Refer
The University of Missouri Suicide Prevention Training Program was designed to help faculty, staff, and students prevent suicide by teaching you to 1) identify people at risk for suicide, 2) recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide, and 3) respond to and get help for people at risk.  This program takes about 20 minutes to complete.

https://www.asklistenrefer.org/mu

 

Burrell Behavioral Health
A private, not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of mental health services for individuals and families.

Berrywood Center: 3401 Berrywood Dr. (573) 777-8300

Stephens Lake Clinic: 1805 E. Walnut (573) 777-7500

https://www.burrellcenter.com/

 

Care Team

The Care Team provides one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals and follow-up services for you when you are experiencing significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, personal and family emergencies, financial issues, or other areas of concern. The Care Team is committed to assisting you in successfully navigating the University of Missouri campus. As Care Coordinators, we take a holistic approach in our work. This means that we are active, empathic listeners and focus on the whole person in front of us. Our goal is to join you in tackling challenges so that you do not feel alone in the process. The Care Coordinator provides resources and information to help you navigate university systems and policies while prioritizing your well-being and academic success, making connections with faculty, staff and other offices that can collaborate with you to ensure your needs are met, and to help you develop self-advocacy skills that prepare you for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college. The Care Team is not counseling or therapy. Care Coordinators have the opportunity to develop close helping relationships with students while coaching you toward appropriate self-care and self-advocacy.

https://accountability.missouri.edu/support/care-team/

 

Columbia Center for Women’s Ministries
A social service in the local community providing free Christ-centered peer-counseling and support groups in a non-judgmental, confidential atmosphere to hurting women.

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)

1900 N. Providence, Suite 210 (Kelly Plaza)

(573) 256-1799

www.columbiacwm.org

 

How to Deal With Stress in College Guide
A guide created by the team at Study.com, which offers in-depth information in several areas, including tips on how to identify different types of stress, ideas for addressing each type of stress, guidance on reaching out to school counselors for academic and mental health concerns, a guide to dealing with stress during the pandemic, and a comprehensive national list of mental health resources.

https://study.com/resources/stress-in-college

 

Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic
The IBHC offers comprehensive integrative behavioral healthcare for adults who are uninsured or unable to afford low cost, high quality care. Services, including assessment, suicide and neglect screenings, brief and long-term therapy, support groups, and case management are provided by graduate students at the University of Missouri School of Social Work and Counseling Psychology.

MU Family Impact Center

105 E. Ash, Suite 200

(573) 882-9871

https://ssw.missouri.edu/integrative-behavioral-health-clinic/

 

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

A social services organization providing maternal mental health, pregnancy, parenting education, and adoption services to the region.  Services are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender, or age. The Maternal Mental Health Program staff provide therapy sessions that focus on family strengths and creating goals to help mothers battle depression while parenting their children.  We also provide support and therapy for the children of mothers who are struggling with depression by offering family therapy, as well as individual therapy.  The program not only provides therapy but also case management to help identify community resources.  Any Boone County mother (and her children) who is battling depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, or while parenting qualifies.

307 Locust St.

(573) 815-9955

http://lfcsmo.org/

 

MU Counseling Center

Provides a range of services designed to help students navigate life challenges while in college.  We offer skill building workshops, group therapy, brief individual therapy, referral services, and 24/7 crisis support. Crisis and consultation services are available 24/7 by phone at 573-882-6601. In-person crisis services are available during normal business hours. Please call and ask to speak to an on-call clinician prior to presenting in person.

119 Parker Hall

(573) 882-6601

http://counseling.missouri.edu

 

Missouri Psychiatric Center

Offers short-term, intensive inpatient treatment services, as well as an emergency room assessment unit to help with crisis stabilization, intake and discharge planning for patients.

3 Hospital Dr.

(573) 884-1255

https://www.muhealth.org/locations/missouri-psychiatric-center

 

MU Psychological Services Clinic
Provides outpatient counseling and therapy for children and adults in the Columbia area.

211 S. 8th St.

(573) 882-4677

https://psychology.missouri.edu/psychological-services-clinic

 

MU Wellness Resource Center

Provides comprehensive health and well-being resources, including workshops, online tools, and education.

G202 MU Student Center

(573) 882-4634

mizzouwellness@missouri.edu

https://wellbeing.missouri.edu/

 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Support group for families, friends, and advocates of the mentally ill and survivors of mental illness.

(573) 874-2402 Tim Harlan

 

Sanvello

Premium access is available to anyone with a university e-mail. Download from the App Store, iTunes, or Google Play. Create an account using your university e-mail and unlock a wealth of tools to help you achieve your best mental health.

https://web.sanvello.com/login

 

TigerOT Clinic
TigerOT is a program that provides hands-on clinical opportunities for student practitioners in both traditional outpatient settings and the community. Student practitioners work collaboratively with clients of all ages and backgrounds to maximize potential in every aspects of daily life. TigerOT serves both children and adults who may be experiencing challenges associated with neurologic, musculoskeletal, mental health and developmentally based conditions. Specific conditions include stroke, head injury, amputation, chronic pain, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments and spinal cord injury. Services are by appointment, call for more information.

The TigerOT Clinics are located in Clark Hall and Lewis Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/tigerot-clinic/

 

Disability Resources:

 

Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center

The Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center is a part of the University of Missouri’s Division of IT. We provide services that help ensure students, faculty, and staff have equal access to computing opportunities. Whether we are helping with assistive technology, alternative formats, web accessibility, or workstation ergonomics, we take into account each individual’s capabilities and limitations. Our goal is to make sure that tasks, functions, information and the environment suit each user. Some options are open to everyone at MU, other options are available to currently enrolled students who are working with Disability Services and have demonstrated a need for more specialized accommodations.

N-17 Memorial Union

(573) 884-2828

https://actcenter.missouri.edu/

 

Columbia Transit

Columbia has six (6) bus routes that follow a fixed course and schedule. Each fixed route is named with both a color and a number that can be used interchangeably. All fixed route buses are wheelchair accessible. Anyone can board a bus on a fixed route at any marked bus stop sign. Buses run Monday through Friday 6:00am-7:00pm and Saturday 9:30am-7:00pm. There is no service on Sundays or when city offices are closed. The City also has lift-equipped para-transit mini-buses that provide origin to destination service to qualified individuals.  Reservations must be made one day in advance. Also offers routes to MU football games that run through downtown Columbia and to and from major area hotels. No fare to ride the shuttle.

(573) 874-2489

(573) 874-7290 (Para-Transit)

https://www.gocomotransit.com/

 

DeafLEAD (Leadership through Education & Advocacy for the Deaf)

Provide individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing with comprehensive, unified and continuous support by enhancing socio-emotional development, effective communication and leadership through education within the state of Missouri. DeafLEAD’s target areas include domestic violence and sexual assault services, assistance for deaf and hard of hearing victims of crime and direct support,

2505 W. Ash

(800) 380-DEAF or (573) 445-5005

24-Hour Deaf Crisis Line: (321) 800-3323 or text HAND to 839863

https://www.deafinc.org/deaflead/

 

Easterseals Midwest Autism Services

Provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work, and play in our communities. 

918 Bernadette Dr.

(573) 874-3777

https://www.easterseals.com/midwest/

 

Low Vision Services
Through TigerOT, we work with adults and children who are having difficulty completing everyday life activities including but not limited to self-care, cooking, school work, leisure activities, shopping, and community mobility as a result of low vision. TigerOT serves adults and children with many visual issues including (but not limited to): blurred vision, double vision, decreased ability to see near or far, decreased peripheral vision, impaired ability to focus, difficulty adjusting to light or dark environments, and visual field cuts. Services may include: an evaluation of functional vision status, assistive technology training, activity modification training, training in the use of compensatory strategies and techniques to improve performance of activities, and/or recommendations for environmental modifications.

The TigerOT Clinics are located in Clark Hall and Lewis Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/low-vision-services/

 

MPACT 

Our mission is to empower Missouri families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life – through support, training, and education. Our primary goal is to assist parents in their effort to effectively advocate for their children’s educational rights and services. We provide FREE services and assistance to parents, families, and youth. 

(800) 743-7643

https://www.missouriparentsact.org/

 

MU Disability Center

If you are an MU student and you have a documented disability, the Disability Center can help you get what you need to have an equal educational opportunity at Mizzou.  Mizzou students with disabilities are also eligible for several scholarships through the MU Disability Center.

S5 Memorial Union

(573) 882-4696

disabilitycenter@missouri.edu

https://disabilitycenter.missouri.edu/

 

Multiple Sclerosis Institute
The MU OT Department partners with the MU Health MS Institute to complete home safety assessments. The MS Institute provides a variety of free services to individuals in central Missouri with multiple sclerosis and their families. This partnership promotes safety and independence for individuals with MS through provision of in-home collaborative assessment between OT faculty, students, MS Institute staff and the individual with MS. Recommendations may include environmental modification, task modification, equipment recommendation, and/or further intervention as warranted.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/multiple-sclerosis-institute/

 

OATS

OATS Transit is a shared-ride, public transportation company offering demand-response door-to-door service to people of all ages. We serve the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. Our services include transporting people to work, medical appointments, shopping and to the pharmacy. Our service intercity express routes to connect people with larger cities. Our buses are all ADA accessible.

(573) 449-3789 or (800) 269-6287 to schedule a ride 24-48 hours in advance between 9:30am-5:00pm

https://www.oatstransit.org/boone

 

SWIM
The SWIM Program began as an adapted swimming lesson program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or similar conditions. Developed and managed by OT students and faculty, the program offers lessons during the fall, spring and summer semesters at MU. Lessons are typically held on Sunday afternoons at the Mizzou Recreation Center.  To learn more about volunteering or having a child participate in the SWIM Program contact the OT Office at 573-884-6365 or TigerOT@missouri.edu.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/swim/

 

TigerOT Clinic
TigerOT is a program that provides hands-on clinical opportunities for student practitioners in both traditional outpatient settings and the community. Student practitioners work collaboratively with clients of all ages and backgrounds to maximize potential in every aspects of daily life. TigerOT serves both children and adults who may be experiencing challenges associated with neurologic, musculoskeletal, mental health and developmentally based conditions. Specific conditions include stroke, head injury, amputation, chronic pain, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments and spinal cord injury. Services are by appointment, call for more information.

The TigerOT Clinics are located in Clark Hall and Lewis Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

(573) 884-6365

TigerOT@missouri.edu

https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/occupational-therapy/tigerot-clinic/

 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Voc Rehab enables persons with disabilities and impairments to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment and specializes in employment and training services. Services include vocational guidance and counseling (the foundation of our services, job placement assistance and job readiness training, and college or vocational training.

900 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite 210

(573) 441-6327

https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation

 

Additional Resources:

 

Food Resources:

 

Annie Fisher Food Pantry

Helps growing families in the neighborhood meet their nutritional needs.  Open every Wednesday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

616 Park Ave.

http://www.columbiaha.com/services/annie-fisher-food-pantry

 

Columbia Farmers Market

Columbia Farmers Market is a year-round producer-only farmers market.

Summer (April – October): Saturdays: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Winter (November – March): Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

Weekdays (Early Summer – Early Fall): Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm & Thursdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm

1769 W. Ash

(573) 823-6889

columbiafarmersmarket.org

 

Food Bank Central Pantry

Our Central Pantry in Columbia is one of the largest food pantries in the state. Designed as a grocery store, clients may shop once a month for nutritious staple items and daily for fresh produce and bread. If you live or work in Boone County and are in need of food assistance, you can come to Central Pantry. Please bring an I.D., proof of residency (example: utility bill), and something that demonstrates how many people live in your household. If you are unsure of these items, please come to Central Pantry and our staff will help you through the sign-up process. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm.

1007 Big Bear Blvd.

(573) 874-7848
https://sharefoodbringhope.org/

 

Free Little Pantries and Blessing Boxes
Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received as needs arise. Much like little free libraries, the idea behind a blessing box is to take what you need and leave what you can.

https://mailmissouri.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/O365LearningCenterStaff-GRP/EWu8Als6LzxIp3EawCUbgg8BTYnqRr61J-K_tFX826pnxg?e=8tkjnN

 

Loaves and Fishes – Columbia
Partners with faith and community groups to provide an evening meal 7 nights a week and open all year-round. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. On those days, St. Francis House is open. Dinner is served from 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Seconds are served at 5:30pm.
Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church

702 Wilkes Blvd.

https://sites.google.com/view/stfranciscomo/loaves-and-fishes

 

Lunch in the Park

When school is out for the summer, free healthy lunches are in! Children, 18 years of age and younger, are provided a free, nutritious lunch and an educational program on weekdays during summers in Columbia. The Columbia/Boone Health Department, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, and VAC are proud partners of Lunch in the Park. See website for details on dates, times and location.

https://www.vacmo.org/programs/lunch-in-the-park/

 

Russell Chapel Food Pantry

Open to residents of Boone County every second and fourth Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm

108 E. Ash

(573) 443-6028

 

Salvation Army

Provides both short- and long-term housing assistance to families and individuals who’ve been displaced. Every day we’re providing meals to families in shelters, people living on the streets, and those unsure of where their next meal will come from. The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army’s history of compassionate serving. 

(573) 442-3229

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/midland/columbia/

  •  Food:
    • Food Pantry: By offering access to free fresh produce and canned goods, we provide valuable meal supplementation while helping those in need to maintain their independence and dignity.
      • ​The Salvation Army Corps, 1108 West Ash Street: Monday – Friday (except Wednesdays), 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
      • Clothing Vouchers can also be obtained through our food pantry during regular food pantry hours.
    • The Salvation Army, homeless shelter, Harbor House has a sit-down lunch program every day, seven days a week and on every holiday for those who are food insecure.
      • Harbor House, 602 North Ann Street: Every day including holidays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals: The Salvation Army provides a Thanksgiving Dinner Community Dinner out of our shelter
    • Families and individuals who sign up for Christmas assistance will receive a grocery voucher to grocery shop at a local grocery store.

 

The Shepherd’s Basket

Calvary Baptist Church and the association joined together to begin a food ministry that could be supported and used by all of the churches in the association. The Shepherd’s Basket is run entirely by volunteers from the associational churches who greet clients, prepare paperwork, sack groceries and pray with those requesting. Clients are checked for eligibility by their income level per family size and how often they have received help. Our current policy is to serve a family once every two months. Mondays and Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Calvary Baptist Church

606 Ridgeway Ave.

(573) 449-3144
http://www.midmissouriba.com/the_shepherds_basket

 

St. Francis House

Provides breakfast and a light supper on a daily basis to homeless and home insecure persons in Columbia. Breakfast served at 7:00am daily. Dinner served at 8:00pm except Thursdays served at 7:00pm.
901 Rangeline

(573) 875-4913

https://sites.google.com/view/stfranciscomo/home

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

(Also known as Food Stamps) A program that helps low-income individuals buy food, seeds and plants. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Missouri and meet low income eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, SNAP benefits are available monthly through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Anyone may apply for SNAP benefits. The SNAP amount is determined by the size of your household and the income in your household. For more information, or to apply, see the website.

https://mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/food-stamp-program

 

Tiger Pantry

Provides food resources and education to members of the University of Missouri family and University of Missouri Health Care workers in need. MU students, staff, and faculty, as well as MU Healthcare workers, can receive non-perishable food and household items once a month.  Each household can also receive eggs, produce, and bread/bagels each week.  We serve without question or proof of income. Anyone who using Tiger Pantry for the first-time will have to fill out the New Household Form in addition to filling out a delivery or curbside pickup form. Any student who uses Tiger Pantry on a regular basis can also be a recipient of the transferred meal swipes. If you have a meal plan, you are not eligible to receive swipes.

299 Hitt St. (Hitt Street Parking Garage)

(573) 882-2704

https://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/

https://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/emergency-food-packs/

 

Clothing and Other Resources:

 

The Center Project

A grassroots nonprofit organization, and Mid-Missouri’s only community center focused on the needs of LGBTQ individuals and communities. We host a variety of organizations and meetings, including The Clothing Closet, which provides queer and transgender people in need with gender-affirming clothing.

805 Fairview Ave.

http://www.thecenterproject.org/

 

Dreams to Reality

Supports women in transition by providing appropriate, very affordable interview and work attire to help them be confident and prepared for career and employment opportunities. Open Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm, and the first and third Saturday of each month 9:00am-12:00pm.

500 Jefferson St., Jefferson City

(573) 681-9675

https://www.dreamstoreality-jc.org/

 

The Love Seat

The Love Seat provides items needed by families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing or who have experienced a crisis or disaster. Helps Columbia families in crisis and transition by providing free gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, and clothing.

2600 Rangeline St.

(573) 447-7328

https://www.columbialoveseat.org/

 

Salvation Army

Provides both short- and long-term housing assistance to families and individuals who’ve been displaced. Every day we’re providing meals to families in shelters, people living on the streets, and those unsure of where their next meal will come from. The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army’s history of compassionate serving. Clothing Vouchers can be obtained through our food pantry during regular food pantry hours.

(573) 442-3229

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/midland/columbia/

 

Truman’s Closet

Offering MU students, faculty, and staff the ability to borrow professional business attire free of charge. This service will also aim to strengthen students’ professional etiquette and image through educational opportunities.

299 Hitt St. (Hitt Street Garage)

(573) 882-8585

https://tigerpantry.missouri.edu/trumans-closet/

 

The Wardrobe
Volunteer-run thrift store and consignment shop, open to the general public Wednesdays 11:00am – 2:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm.  The Wardrobe follows Columbia Public School inclement weather policy; when schools are closed, they are closed.  All funds are used to provide shoe coupons to help buy new shoes for school children in Boone County.  Eligible children must be in public school, grades K-12 and have a referral to The Wardrobe.  The parent/guardian of the child can purchase a shoe coupon for $5.00.  This coupon can then be used for $40.00 towards a pair of shoes at Shoe Carnival.  One coupon per child can be purchased every six months on Tuesdays at The Wardrobe. 

715 Park Ave.

(573) 442-3260

https://thewardrobecomo.squarespace.com/

 

Housing Resources:

 

Christian Campus House (CCH)

The Christian Campus House is a non-denominational campus ministry at Mizzou which offers opportunities for students to grow deeper in their faith. CCH also offers housing for students who wish to share in a Christian atmosphere of friendship, encouragement, and support. The Christian Campus House has housing available for 120 residents spread out in five different houses. Our residents enjoy affordable living at a convenient location right across from the University. Housing at CCH includes utilities, internet, parking, and free on-site laundry facilities. Our residents enjoy the community kitchens available in each house, and the commons areas featuring big screen TVs, pool tables, ping pong, and more. Our residents also enjoying living in a Christian community, being surrounded by other believers that can encourage and support one another.

608 S. College Ave.

(573) 442-6443

https://www.mizzoucch.org/

 

Columbia Homeless Outreach Team (CHOT)

Includes staff from Burrell Behavioral Health, Columbia Police Department, Phoenix Health Programs, Truman VA Hospital, Rainbow House’s Homeless Youth Program, and New Horizons. Coordinates weekly outreach to homeless camps, downtown Columbia, and other locations where people who are unsheltered may be staying.  If you or someone you know is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, contact us for help!

Katie Burnham Wilkins

Homeless Program Coordinator, Truman VA

Katherine.Wilkins@va.gov

www.basicneedscoalition.org/columbia-homeless-outreach-team-chot

 

Columbia Housing Authority

Provides safe and affordable housing opportunities to low-income individuals and families

201 Switzler St.

(573) 443-2556

http://www.columbiaha.com/

 

HALO Jefferson City Girls Program

Shelter for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting girls ages 16-21, and their children, who are in homeless or high-risk situations.

3519 Bennett Ln., Jefferson City

(573) 418-9912

(573) 395-6110 Youth in Need of Housing

https://haloworldwide.org/jeff-city/

 

Harvest House
The Harvest House operates to meet the basic needs of the homeless.  We provide free food, shelter, and limited counseling as well as referrals in cases of medical emergencies. 

1224 Rural St., Boonville

(660) 537-4278

https://www.harvesthouseshelter.org/services.html

 

Lois Bryant Women’s House

Homeless shelter and transitional housing resource for women and children. The house provides care for 3 long-term guests at a time during evening hours to people who live on the street, the near-homeless, and food insecure, plus one couch open for emergency situations. 

913 Rangeline

(573) 875-4913

https://sites.google.com/view/stfranciscomo/lois-bryant-womens-house

 

Room at the Inn
Provides a warm and safe place to sleep during the winter months from 7pm to 7am. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for location information.

http://facebook.com/columbiaRATI/

https://roomattheinncomo.org/

 

St. Francis Men’s House

Provides overnight shelter for approximately 10-12 homeless individuals. The majority of our guests suffer from mental illness or have a history of substance abuse. Our houses are open during the evening hours to people who live on the street, the near-homeless and food-insecure people. Provides showers and laundry facilities at no charge to our overnight and drop-in guests, as well as clothing, food boxes, and hospitality for persons in need when donations are available. We also provide breakfast and a light supper, on a daily basis, to homeless and home insecure persons in Columbia.

901 Rangeline

(573) 875-4913

https://sites.google.com/view/stfranciscomo/st-francis-mens-house

 

St. Raymond’s Society

Serves pregnant women and new mothers in need.  We provide coaching and resources to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. Our programs include:

  • St. Raymond’s House:  We have established transitional homes in Columbia and Jefferson City where women and their children may live while they participate in our comprehensive self-sufficiency program. This is typically a year-long commitment in which they will receive individualized coaching, accountability, and support.
  • Community Client Program:  For mothers who have stable housing but need help improving their self-sufficiency skills, we offer a 12-week program that includes one on one coaching, accountability, and access to classes and events at the St. Raymond’s House.
  • Temporary Assistance:  Recognizing that otherwise independent families sometimes face emergency situations like job loss or health crises, we assist with making community resource connections, providing necessities like baby items, diapers, personal hygiene products, and have limited funds available for one-time rent/utility assistance.

P.O. Box 105554, Jefferson City

(573) 777-1498

info@srshelp.org

http://www.srshelp.org/

 

Salvation Army Harbor House

Emergency shelter and transitional shelter for men, women, and families. A free community lunch is offered every day. Harbor House offers a 90-day program and offers three meals a day, shelter, showers, and laundry, as well as case management that provides educational support, counseling services, and vocational direction.

602 N. Ann St.

(573) 442-1984

https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/midland/columbia/provide-housing/

Shelter:

  • Every night The Salvation Army in Boone County Shelters about 60 Individuals/Families. The Harbor House provides shelter, warm meals, showers, laundry, life skills classes, and case management for those who have fallen on hard times, and for those who struggle with chronic homelessness. It is the only shelter that serves a non-specific population (women, men, and families, regardless of race, faith, or sexual orientation), as well as providing private family units. ​For those facing extreme heat (hot cots), unbearable cold (cold cots) weather Harbor House is a welcome respite featuring a safe place to eat and sleep at no cost. Harbor House offers a 90-day program and offers three meals a day, shelter, showers, and laundry as well as case management that provides educational support, counseling services, and vocational direction. Harbor House programs help residents cultivate vital life skills through life skills classes for a successful and stable position in society.
    • Open 24 hours a day, every day even on holidays
    • Free community lunch is offered every day between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to those in the community who are not residents
  • The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance when funding is available to help with mortgage, rent and/or utility bills, to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 573-442-3229, or call the United Way Emergency assistance hotline at 211.

 

Turning Point Day Center

Our mission is to promote and restore dignity and hope among Columbians who are facing the possibility of a housing crisis or who are currently experiencing homelessness. Services include a physical mailing address, important document storage, shower and laundry facilities, sock exchange, temporary storage of personal belongings for up to 60 days, internet and telephone access, and employment and housing information. They also provide trained staff to move folks out of homelessness, a central location to meet caseworkers, tutors, life coaches, and mentors, and encouragement and support in life’s most difficult times.

United Methodist Church

702 Wilkes Blvd.

(573) 449-4363
https://www.wilkesblvdumc.org/home

 

Warming/Cooling Centers

Warming and cooling centers are available to the general public during the building’s normal business hours.  The public is allowed access to public areas, such as lobbies, restrooms, drinking fountains, etc. Check the website below for locations and hours. In the event of a National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for temperatures 9° or below between the hours of 7:00pm and 7:00am any given day, the City of Columbia will open a temporary overnight warming center at the Wabash Bus Station (126 N. 10th St.) from 7:00pm and 6:00am.  The overnight warming center will serve as a refuge of last resort for persons unwilling or unable to access local emergency shelter services.  City staff will continue to coordinate closely with homeless service providers to ensure low barrier access to overnight emergency shelter as the preferred option for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/warming-and-cooling-centers/

 

Welcome Home Inc. 

Welcome Home is a non-profit Veteran-centric organization, with a community-based approach, that empowers homeless and at-risk Veterans to return to society as productive self-supporting citizens. Provides food, shelter, case management, Rapid Rehousing, VETS work employment services, transitional housing, crisis intervention and emergency assistance.

2120 Business Loop 70 East

(573) 443-8801
https://www.welcomeveterans.org/

 

Transportation Resources:

 

Bike to the Future

Providing bicycle transportation to those most in need: the homeless, prison re-entry residents, and refugees.  Must complete a needs verification process.  

(573) 256-7662

http://biketothefuturemo.org

 

Christian Campus House International Ministry Bicycle Lending Program

The Christian Campus House (CCH) International Ministry is a place learn more about American culture and traditions, find help with conversational English, experience unique events and trips, and develop friendships along the way! Transportation can be a problem in American cities, like Columbia. While we cannot help you purchase a car, we can provide a bicycle for you to use for a semester. Please contact Dennis Messimer at dennis@mizzoucch.org. 

608 S. College Ave.

(573) 442-6443

https://www.mizzoucch.org/international/

 

City of Columbia Bus Pass Program

The City of Columbia’s bus pass assistance program provides free, annual bus passes to income-eligible residents of Columbia. The annual bus pass allows a rider unlimited access to the fixed-route buses for a calendar year without having to pay a fare. This program is intended to improve access to reliable transportation and to better connect the community. Bus passes are limited. Passes are initially distributed in January using a lottery process. Remaining passes, as well as any additional passes donated throughout the year, are made available on a first come first serve basis. To be eligible, applicants must reside within the city limits of Columbia, MO and have a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. 

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 817-6430

https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/bus-pass-assistance/

 

Columbia Transit

Columbia has six (6) bus routes that follow a fixed course and schedule. Each fixed route is named with both a color and a number that can be used interchangeably. All fixed route buses are wheelchair accessible. Anyone can board a bus on a fixed route at any marked bus stop sign. Buses run Monday through Friday 6:00am-7:00pm and Saturday 9:30am-7:00pm. There is no service on Sundays or when city offices are closed. The City also has lift-equipped para-transit mini-buses that provide origin to destination service to qualified individuals.  Reservations must be made one day in advance. Also offers routes to MU football games that run through downtown Columbia and to and from major area hotels. No fare to ride the shuttle.

(573) 874-2489

(573) 874-7290 (Para-Transit)

https://www.gocomotransit.com/

 

CoMo Bike Co-op

Free walk-in bicycle repair Mondays from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Bicycle mechanics and volunteers provide general bicycle maintenance and parts. Repairs are limited to supplies and tools available at the time of the repair. Service is limited to one bicycle per person per session. Repairs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Armory Sports and Recreation Center

701 E. Ash (enter through the back door @ Park Ave. & 7th St.)

(573) 441-5495

https://www.como.gov/parksandrec/facilities/como-bike-co-op/

 

OATS

OATS Transit is a shared-ride, public transportation company offering demand-response door-to-door service to people of all ages. We serve the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. Our services include transporting people to work, medical appointments, shopping and to the pharmacy. Our service intercity express routes to connect people with larger cities. Our buses are all ADA accessible.

(573) 449-3789 or (800) 269-6287 to schedule a ride 24-48 hours in advance between 9:30am-5:00pm

https://www.oatstransit.org/boone

 

STRIPES

Provides safe and confidential rides home within the city of Columbia for any MU student and their guests, without judgment, and at no cost to the patron on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the fall and spring academic semesters. Check website for current hours of operation.

2500 MU Student Center

(573) 442-9672

https://stripes.missouri.edu/

 

Tiger Line

Tiger Line is Mizzou’s free shuttle service for Mizzou students that runs seven (7) days a week during the fall and winter semesters. Tiger Line buses are open to the public.

https://www.gocomotransit.com/services/tigerline/

https://parking.missouri.edu/getting-around/

 

Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence Resources:

 

Domestic Violence Support Group

Support group for women who are in or have been involved in abusive relationships.

(573) 875-0503 for more information

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live free of abuse.
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or chat online
(888) 761-4357 or text HAND to 839863
https://www.thehotline.org/

 

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Provides survivors of sexual violence with the support services they need through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Survivors can access help by calling the toll-free hotline number or by visiting online.rainn.org to chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist 24/7. It’s confidential and secure.
(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
https://hotline.rainn.org/online (chat)

 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

Provides survivors of sexual violence with the support services they need through the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Survivors can access help by calling the toll-free hotline number or by visiting http://hotline.rainn.org/online to chat one-on-one with a trained support specialist 24/7. It’s confidential and secure.

(800) 656-HOPE (4673)

https://www.rainn.org/

 

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center

RSVP Center staff members provide basic crisis intervention and advocacy services for individuals impacted by relationship and sexual violence, in addition to a broad range of educational programs, resources, and outreach events to promote academic success, personal wellness, and overall awareness.

G216 MU Student Center

(573) 882-6638

RSVP@missouri.edu

https://rsvp.missouri.edu/

 

Safe at Home Program

The Safe at Home address confidentiality program helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking, stalking, or other crimes who fear future harm in their efforts to stay safe by providing a designated address to use when creating new public records. These services help keep survivors’ confidential addresses out of the hands of their assailants.

P.O. Box 1409, Jefferson City

(866) 509-1409

https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/safeathome

 

True North
Emergency shelter which provides safety, shelter, education, and transitional support for those who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. Our toll-free hotline provides referral information, emotional support and safety planning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Services are provided at no cost to domestic and sexual violence victims and their children.

(573) 875-0503

Crisis Hotline: (573) 875-1370 or (800) 548-2480

https://truenorthofcolumbia.org/

 

Substance Use Treatment & Support Resources:

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women, who have had a drinking problem, who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Local in-person and online meetings available.

http://www.d12aa.org/

 

Al-Anon

A mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Local in-person and online meetings available.

https://midmissouri-al-anon.org/meetings/

 

Anchor of Hope

A Christ-centered ministry for men desiring freedom from addiction and healing of broken relationships.

P.O. Box 30682

(573) 999-9905

www.anchorhope.org/

 

Adult & Teen Challenge

Primrose Hill is a 12-month residential recovery center for women and women with young children who have drug and alcohol addictions. Primrose Hill is one of a few Teen Challenge centers where children can stay with their mother during recovery. Women who become students at Primrose Hill Adult and Teen Challenge are given an opportunity to confront their destructive choices, their self-sabotaging behavior, and their unhealthy views with the love of God and the guidance of Biblical principles. One of the major differences between recovery programs and Primrose Hill Adult and Teen Challenge alternative Christian recovery centers is our emphasis on Christian values and cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is this central spiritual dynamic upon which all aspects of the Adult and Teen Challenge program are built.

P.O. Box 47, Clark

(573) 641-5047

https://primrosehilltc.com/

 

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)

Offered through the Wellness Resource Center. BASICS is an excellent resource for students who are concerned about or questioning their relationship to alcohol or cannabis. In a two session format students can explore their substance use in a nonjudgmental way, consider if changing their use would be helpful, and establish goals and strategies to help achieve helpful behavior change. There is no charge for students who self-refer. Contact the Wellness Resource Center to schedule an appointment with a BASICS coordinator.

(573) 882-4634

 

McCambridge Women & Children’s Treatment Center

Provides residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment for pregnant women and women with children.

201 N. Garth

(844) 853-8937

http://compasshealthnetwork.org/location/columbia-3/

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Support groups meet at various times and locations in Columbia and Mid-Missouri for persons who desire to stop abusing narcotics. Local in-person and Zoom meetings available.

(800) 945-HOPE (4673) 24-hour hotline

www.midmissourina.org/meetings.htm

 

Phoenix Programs, Inc.

To provide effective treatment for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

90 E. Leslie Ln.

(573) 875-8880

http://phoenixprogramsinc.org

 

Valley Hope

Provides help and hope of living in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. Provides patient-centered, compassionate care to individuals, families, and communities impacted by drugs and alcohol addiction.

1415 W. Ashley Rd., Boonville

(660) 882-6547

(800) 544-5101 Admissions 24/7

https://valleyhope.org/locations/missouri/

 

LGBTQ Resources:

 

Aces & Aros

The purpose of Aces & Aros is to create a brave, supportive, and inspiring space for asexual and aromantic people. Aces & Aros is for those who feel an extra strain for being marginalized within the LGBTQ community. Our goal is not only to support the individuals who find themselves at the mentioned intersection of identities but also to educate our campus and communities on the struggles and experiences we encounter.

mizzouacesandaros@gmail.com

 

The Center Project

A grassroots nonprofit organization, and Mid-Missouri’s only community center focused on the needs of LGBTQ individuals and communities.  Designed as a safe and open space, TCP supports the under-served sexuality and gender-based groups within the region, including youth, families, and those living in rural communities. We host a variety of organizations and meetings, including community education and training; Prism, an LGBTQ+ youth group for youth ages 11-18 years old; The Clothing Closet, which provides queer and transgender people in need with gender-affirming clothing at no cost; The Quorus, an un-auditioned community choral ensemble comprised of diverse and compassionate citizens of Columbia; Gender Blender, a support group for anyone on the transgender spectrum; and Parents4Parents, a community for parents and adult family members of LGBTQ identified people of all ages.

805 Fairview Ave.

http://www.thecenterproject.org/

 

Greek Allies

Greek Allies works specifically within the Fraternity and Sorority community here at MU. Focusing on the core values of each chapter and organization, especially on their commitment to brotherhood or sisterhood, Greek Allies finds allies to the LGBTQ community in each chapter to educate the community, and to empower those members of the community who are both Queer and Greek. Greek Allies stands to educate and foster a positive environment, moving beyond tolerance to active support. Membership is open and welcoming. Join us and help make all of Mizzou a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

greekalliesmu@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/mugreekallies/

 

LGBTQ Resource Center

The LGBTQ Resource Center works to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for Mizzou community members with a focus on queer and transgender students.  Serving as a campus and community resource, we accomplish our mission through the development of healthy communities, strategic partnerships, and leadership and identity development within a culture of celebration and inclusion. Programs include:

  • The Proud Tigers Mentorship Program (PTMP): An inclusive mentoring program providing support, guidance, and resources to LGBTQ+ students at Mizzou
  • Coming Out Week: Celebrated all across campus with different events, discussions, and programs, the Pride Photo, and more!
  • Trans Empowerment and Awareness Week: we celebrate Transgender Empowerment & Awareness Week to empower transgender individuals on campus while still raising awareness for the issues these communities face
  • Pride Month: Events, fun, history, education and community are just some of the things you’ll find each April
  • Queer Monologues: Guaranteed to educate, entertain, and empower, you won’t want to miss one of the most enlightening, shocking, candid, funny, and real performances of the year. Try out to perform, show your support, and/or come listen to and celebrate each other’s voices.
  • Pride Photo: Join Mizzou for our annual photo to commemorate National Coming Out Day during our Pride photo events. LGBTQ and Ally Tigers line up at the Columns to show our campus we are One Mizzou and we support all Tigers!
  • Safe Space Training: Safe Space is a training designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to be an effective ally.  Our Safe Space program is meant to teach the basics of LGBTQ identities and culture through definitions, terminology, and an overview of current cultural, social, and political issues. We provide an interactive training with plenty of time for questions and answers.
  • Library: MU LGBTQ Resource Center is proud to boast of our very own check-out library. We have diverse sections from Biography and Fiction to Coming Out and Bisexuality. Anyone can come in, create an account, and check out up to 3 books at a time, for a period of two weeks. We also have subscriptions/archives of several magazines important to the LGBTQ community.

G225 MU Student Center

(573) 884-7750

lgbtq@missouri.edu

https://lgbtq.missouri.edu/

 

Mizzou Healthcare Pride Alliance

Mizzou Healthcare Pride Alliance is the official student organization for LGBTQ and Ally folks at MU’s Med School. We are an activist and social organization on MU’s campus committed to three goals: empowering sexual and gender minority healthcare students and allies, working to increase the number of healthcare providers trained in LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare, and working to address the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ communities through research, advocacy, and service. Follow Mizzou Healthcare Pride Alliance on Instagram: @muhealth.pride or on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/muhealth.pride/

heoyr4@health.missouri.edu

 

Mizzou Queer Media Association

The Queer Media Association is a chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.  We promote fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and oppose workplace bias within the news industry. The Queer Media Association also hosts speakers, professional development events and social activities for aspiring LGBTQ journalists and allies. The association is open to any students or faculty who wish to attend.  There is no membership fee for this local chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Meeting are held 6 p.m. on Thursdays in Walter Williams 245 and are open to all students and faculty who wish to come.

http://outatmizzou.wordpress.com

 

Oasis

Oasis is a new trans-focused student org which aims to include all who identify outside of their gender assigned at birth, while uplifting the most marginalized in the community through the promotion of intersectionality in conversation. We will facilitate discussions on different topics and organize a taskforce that addresses the concerns of trans students on campus.

mizzouoasis@gmail.com

 

OUTGrads

OUTGrads is the graduate and professional student organization here at Mizzou. From happy hours to laser tag, we focus on building community in the graduate and professional student population. We are still a relatively new organization and open to ideas and membership. Join us and help make all corners of Mizzou a safe, supportive, and fun place for all members of the LGBTQIA community. To join the listserv, email us.

mugradlgbt@gmail.com

 

Queer Liberation Front (formerly Triangle Coalition)

Mizzou’s longest-standing LGBTQIA student organization. Build community, meet friends, make change, educate our campus, jump in (or avoid altogether) glitter explosions, dance (or not), play games (or don’t), eat ice cream (or sorbet), plan events, attend programming, travel to student conferences, join the leadership, HAVE FUN! 

queerliberationmizzou@gmail.com

 

Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC)

The purpose of the Queer Trans People of Color is to create a safe, supportive and inspiring space for queer and trans people of color. QTPOC is for those who feel an extra strain for being both LGBTQ and a person of color. Our goal is not only to support the individuals who find themselves at the mentioned intersection of identities but also to educate our campus and communities on the struggles and experiences we encounter. We are in no way an exclusive group: people not a part of the LGBTQ community or of color are more than welcome to be a part of our community. Meetings consist of community building; being our honest, true and beautiful selves in a safe and respectful space; and event programming and planning for how to educate our campus and communities.

mizzouqtpoc@gmail.com

 

Trans Lifeline

Offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

(877) 565-8860

https://translifeline.org/

 

Transgender Health Network

Transgender Health Network (T-Net) is a group of healthcare providers in Mid-Missouri committed to improving healthcare for transgender and gender expansive individuals. This involves providing a forum for education, consultation, and resources for healthcare professionals working with trans people and their families; identifying resources for trans folks including providers and ancillary resources; and advocating for healthcare for trans individuals.

https://www.transgenderhealthnetwork.org/

 

The Trevor Lifeline
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
(866) 488-7386, chat online, or text the word START to 678678
www.thetrevorproject.org

 

Pregnancy Resources:

 

Bethany Christian Services

Supports children and families with world-class social services, all designed to help families thrive. Pregnancy Support: helping expectant parents, of all ages and backgrounds, and empowering them to make a plan.

(573) 217-0377

https://bethany.org/locations/us/missouri/columbia

https://impregnant.org/

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

We provide reduced cost, confidential pregnancy testing on a walk-in basis. If you are pregnant, we are here to answer your questions and link you with the resources you need. We can also assist you in applying for Medicaid for Pregnant Women (MPW), which covers prenatal care and delivery services, and Temporary Medicaid, Missouri’s publicly funded health insurance programs for pregnant women, which provides short-term prenatal care coverage while your MPW application is processed. Pregnancy testing and support services are offered on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed) from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday–Friday, at our offices, except when we are closed for City of Columbia observed holidays.

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 874-7781

https://haloworldwide.org/jeff-city/

 

HALO Jefferson City Girls Program

Shelter for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting girls ages 16-21, and their children, who are in homeless or high-risk situations.

3519 Bennett Ln., Jefferson City

(573) 418-9912

(573) 395-6110 Youth in Need of Housing

https://haloworldwide.org/jeff-city/

 

Head Start

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of three and their families, and pregnant women and their families.

Central Missouri Community Action

807 N. Providence Rd.

(573) 443-8706

https://cmca.us/get-help/head-start/

 

La Leche League

Meeting for pregnant and breast-feeding moms and their babies on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.

Unitarian Universalist Church

2615 Shepard Blvd.

(573) 340-6555

lllcolumbiamo@gmail.com

https://lllusa.org/

 

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

A social services organization providing maternal mental health, pregnancy, parenting education, and adoption services to the region.  Services are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender, or age. The Maternal Mental Health Program staff provide therapy sessions that focus on family strengths and creating goals to help mothers battle depression while parenting their children.  We also provide support and therapy for the children of mothers who are struggling with depression by offering family therapy, as well as individual therapy.  The program not only provides therapy but also case management to help identify community resources.  Any Boone County mother (and her children) who is battling depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, or while parenting qualifies.

307 Locust St.

(573) 815-9955

http://lfcsmo.org/

 

My Life Clinic

Offers professional, confidential pregnancy medical services at no cost. Services are offered without restrictions of age, marital status, race, religion, residency or income. Professional staff provides free pregnancy testing, prenatal services, STD testing, and consultations. Provides a Baby Boutique with supplies and material resources, such as maternity clothing, baby clothing, diapers, baby food, formula, toys, blankets, books, and more at no cost if you participate in classes.  We also have programs, classes and support for men. 

802 North Providence Road, Suite 2

(573) 874-3561

http://www.mylifeclinic.org/

 

Planned Parenthood

Provides a wide range of confidential, safe, expert healthcare.

711 N. Providence

(573) 443-0427

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/missouri/columbia/65203/columbia-health-center-2760-90740

 

Show-Me Healthy Babies Program

If you are pregnant and you were not approved for coverage through MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women (HPW), help may still be available through the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program.  This program helps infants get a healthy start by offering free health care coverage to unborn babies and their mothers.  To be considered for the program, you must be pregnant, apply for MO HealthNet before your delivery date, live in Missouri, have a household income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, not have access to employer or private insurance that covers pregnancy-related care, and not be eligible for any other MO HealthNet programs. The SMHB program may be able to help with healthcare coverage to unborn children and their mother, pregnancy care such as doctor visits and prenatal vitamins, pregnancy-related care for up to 60 days after giving birth, and healthcare coverage for your child from birth up to one year of age.  For more information, visit a Family Support Division Resource Center near you, apply online or call us.

601 Business Loop 70 W, #272

(855) 373-4636

http://mydss.mo.gov and select “Services”

 

St. Raymond’s Society

Serves pregnant women and new mothers in need.  We provide coaching and resources to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. Our programs include:

  • St. Raymond’s House:  We have established transitional homes in Columbia and Jefferson City where women and their children may live while they participate in our comprehensive self-sufficiency program. This is typically a year-long commitment in which they will receive individualized coaching, accountability, and support.
  • Community Client Program:  For mothers who have stable housing but need help improving their self-sufficiency skills, we offer a 12-week program that includes one on one coaching, accountability, and access to classes and events at the St. Raymond’s House.
  • Temporary Assistance:  Recognizing that otherwise independent families sometimes face emergency situations like job loss or health crises, we assist with making community resource connections, providing necessities like baby items, diapers, personal hygiene products, and have limited funds available for one-time rent/utility assistance.

P.O. Box 105554, Jefferson City

(573) 777-1498

info@srshelp.org

http://www.srshelp.org/

 

Parenting Resources:

 

Assistance League© of Mid-Missouri

Operates multiple programs to help children and adults in need in Columbia.

1729 W Broadway, Suite 1A

(573) 445-3848

www.almm.org

  • Parent Pack Providing supplies and informational books to expectant parents. The kit contains books on pregnancy, fetal development, childbirth, baby names and nutrition and recipes. The kit for parents also includes an exercise DVD for yoga, including a yoga strap and block, information on community resources, and a set of plastic teething keys for the new baby.

 

Boone County Early Childhood Coalition

We are a coalition of educators and practitioners in Boone County who value and recognize the importance of supporting the social emotional wellness of children, with the emphasis of our work being in early childhood. Through our efforts we will support, empower, and educate parents and other caregivers to raise and nurture emotionally healthy children. We work with Boone County parents and caregivers who have children ages 0-5 to provide the free programs below.

https://www.bcecc.org/

  • Triple P: Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Boone County. Although Triple P Boone County targets children 0-5, the seminars are open to anyone parenting a child of any age. Backed by more than 30 years of international research, Triple P provides families with a tool kit of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, biting, hitting, bedtime, and more. Parents and caregivers can get as little or as much parenting support as they’d like from trained Triple P practitioners in a number of organizations throughout the county.
  • SWYC Screening Hub: The Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children (SWYC) is a freely-available, first level tool for children 0-5. This brief tool is easy to fill out by parents and caregivers and assesses potential risk in multiple domains, including social emotional health. This hub will: allow families to track and store all completed screens for their children, allow for providers to easily provide results and referrals, when necessary, and allow for an increase in access to Boone County residents looking to have their children screened.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia

Our mission is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Our core programs are: Character and Leadership, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun.  It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

1200 N. 7th St.

(573) 874-1697

https://www.bgc-columbia.org/

 

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America serves the youth and adult volunteers in 33 counties in central and northern Missouri. Our mission is to provide character development, citizenship training, and growth in physical, mental and spiritual fitness, to help create the next generation of leaders.

1203 Fay St.

(573) 449-2561

https://grcbsa.org/

 

Car Seat Inspections

Car seat inspections by appointment only.  Call to schedule, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am and 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Fire Station 1.
Columbia Fire Department

201 Orr St.

(573) 874-7556

https://www.como.gov/fire/community-education/safe-kids-campaign/

 

Child Care Aware of Central Missouri

Assists parents in making an informed childcare choice. Our services help you identify quality child care, questions to ask, and what to look for during your child care search. For questions or additional assistance, call to speak with a Referral Specialist.

(866) 892-3228

https://mo.childcareaware.org/

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services

With the Healthy Families Home Visiting Program, we help you to be the best parent you can be and get off to a great start with your child.  Before your child is born, we will visit 2-4 times a month, talk about your concerns and ask questions, discuss the changes you’ll be going through during pregnancy, help make plans to get ready for your baby and for your family’s future, we will help you get some of the things your baby will need, you will start a scrapbook for your baby and set goals for yourself.  After your child is born, we will visit every week until your baby is 6-9 months old, then less often up to age three.  You will learn what you can do to build a healthy relationship with your child, try out play and learning activities, learn what to expect from your child as he or she grows, your child will have regular developmental screens that will help you keep track of their development, you’ll learn new parenting skills, find ways to strengthen your family and work to achieve the goals you set for yourself.  Healthy Families may provide items such as a car seat, portable crib, diapers, wipes, books, toys, or other items you may need to care for your child while in the program.  Your home visitor will be there to listen, help you find answers to your questions, and to support you in being the kind of parent you want to be!

(573) 874-7488

https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/healthy-families-home-visiting-program/

 

Family Support Division Child Care Assistance (eligibility required)

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists eligible Missouri parents and guardians with payments for child care. This program helps families with the cost of child care so that they are able to focus on finding and holding steady work that can support their family’s needs.

https://dss.mo.gov/fsd/child-care.htm

https://apps.dss.mo.gov/fmwBenefitCenter/Account/SignInInfo.aspx (application)

 

First Chance for Children

Provides early childhood programs and family resources to foster healthy outcomes for children and families in mid-Missouri.

1010 Fay St.

(573) 777-1815

https://firstchanceforchildren.org/

 

  • Safe C.R.I.B.S. Program (Community Resources, Infant Beds, and Support): Provides a safe crib and the information families need to safely put their child to bed and deal with sleep related issues. The crib is delivered to the family home and is followed by five additional home visits that focus on child abuse and neglect prevention and child development information.
  • Baby Bags Diaper Bank: Diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other supplies needed to provide care and comfort to children delivered along with child development and safety information. Items are available at the First Chance office or through one of our partner programs. Families can receive at most once a month, if needed.
  • Lend and Learn Toy Libraries: A free, fun place where parents can play with their children ages 0-5, interact with other parents, and ask trained staff questions about development or other concerns. Toys are available for check out so families can extend learning and play at home. 
  • Baby U: A home visiting program supporting families with their specific parenting needs. Using the Nurturing Parenting and Parents as Teachers models, staff walk alongside families with children prenatally through the first semester of kindergarten providing resources, education, and support. Screenings are used to monitor both physical and social-emotional development at regular intervals in the program. For recent postpartum families, the parents are screened using the Edinburgh postnatal depression screening.

 

First Steps

First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families.  First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. The First Steps Goal is the same as yours:  To make sure that families have the necessary supports, services, and resources that they need to raise healthy, happy and successful children.  First Steps works with Missouri families of children age birth to three by ensuring that coordinated services are provided as conveniently as possible.  Participation in First Steps is voluntary and is intended to help families of children with disabilities: understand their child’s special needs, obtain the help they desire to deal with situations that could interfere with their child’s growth and development, and provide the best conditions for their child’s growth and development.

(866) 583-2392

https://dese.mo.gov/early-learning/parent-education/first-steps

 

Fun City Youth Academy

Provides families and their 5-14 year old children with year-round programming in a safe and stimulating environment. Saturday Academy is scheduled from 10:00am to 3:00pm each Saturday, beginning in September, with a break for the holidays, and continues until mid-May. It is free and parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers.  It is an academic-enrichment program that balances an emphasis on the attainment and retention of reading and math skills with cultural and recreational activities. Parent Education programs on topics of the parents’ choosing are scheduled on a monthly basis and parents commit to attending two parent sessions a semester, which includes orientation. Summer Academy is a daily 8-week program, that runs from 8:00am to 4:30pm.  After breakfast, reading, writing and math will be taught during the morning session. After lunch and recess, children will participate in educational, cultural and social enriched programs consisting of learning activities in a variety of subjects, physical exercise, field trips and fun. Enrollment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

310 Tiger Ln, Suite 101

(573) 256-1436

https://www.funcityyouthacademy.org/

 

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community.

info@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

https://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/

 

Grade A Plus Academic Support and Enrichment Program

A proven community tutoring and mentoring program that provides free academic support and cultural enrichment to eligible youth aged 8-19. We offer academic tutoring to students in grades 3-12, enrichment activities, and STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math) education.

(573) 268-4372

https://www.gradeaplusinc.org/

 

Head Start

A federal program for preschool children from low-income families. Head Start helps all children succeed.  Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.  Children between the ages of three and five years are eligible for Head Start.  Head Start is comprised of a variety of educational activities.  Staff also assist parents with medical and dental care, provide healthy meals and snacks, and supervise children playing indoors in a safe setting. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of three and their families, and pregnant women and their families.

Central Missouri Community Action

807 N. Providence Rd.

(573) 443-8706

https://cmca.us/get-help/head-start/

 

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services

A social services organization providing maternal mental health, pregnancy, parenting education, and adoption services to the region.  Services are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender, or age. The Maternal Mental Health Program staff provide therapy sessions that focus on family strengths and creating goals to help mothers battle depression while parenting their children.  We also provide support and therapy for the children of mothers who are struggling with depression by offering family therapy, as well as individual therapy.  The program not only provides therapy but also case management to help identify community resources.  Any Boone County mother (and her children) who is battling depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, or while parenting qualifies.

307 Locust St.

(573) 815-9955

http://lfcsmo.org/

 

Moving Ahead After-School and Summer Program

A high-quality, state-licensed, after-school and summer program in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center that provides an effective mix of one-on-one tutoring and fun cultural and physical activities for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The program operates Monday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm when Columbia Public Schools are in session. A full-day summer program is offered in July and early August. Some transportation is available. Please call the program coordinator for enrollment information or by email.

(573) 443-2556, ext. 1283

http://www.columbiaha.com/contact (email)

http://www.columbiaha.com/services/moving-ahead-afterschool-program

 

My Life Clinic

Offers professional, confidential pregnancy medical services at no cost. Services are offered without restrictions of age, marital status, race, religion, residency or income. Professional staff provides free pregnancy testing, prenatal services, STD testing, and consultations. Provides a Baby Boutique with supplies and material resources, such as maternity clothing, baby clothing, diapers, baby food, formula, toys, blankets, books, and more at no cost if you participate in classes.  We also have programs, classes and support for men. 

802 North Providence Road, Suite 2

(573) 874-3561

http://www.mylifeclinic.org/

 

Operation School Bell

Provides new winter clothing and coats to children in pre-school through fifth grade in the Columbia Public Schools. School personnel identify and refer children to this program. Each child receives: two pairs of jeans, leggings, or pants, a winter coat, mittens, a sweatshirt, three shirts, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, and a care kit containing personal hygiene items.

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri

(573) 445-3848

https://www.assistanceleague.org/mid-missouri/philanthropic-programs/operation-school-bell/

 

ParentLink

Offers parenting information and support to all Missourians.  The WarmLine is a call center and is staffed with parenting experts that are available to answer any parenting questions! The call center is available Monday to Friday 8:00am – 10:00pm and Saturdays/Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm. There is also a link for parents to complete child developmental screenings.

4800 Santana Circle

(573) 882-7323

(800) 552-8522 call / (585) 326-4591 text WarmLine

https://education.missouri.edu/parentlink/

https://education.missouri.edu/parentlink/child-developmental-screenings/

 

Parents as Teachers

A free service from Columbia Public Schools that can provide parents with developmental and social/emotional screenings for their young children and babies; private visits with a parent educator specially trained in child development; connection to helpful community resources; group events for parents and children, such as infant massage, yoga, positive parenting classes and more; and ideas and support during the critical early years, for babies/children who are not yet in Kindergarten.

2191 Smiley Ln

(573) 214-3955

http://www.cpsk12.org/domain/100

 

Show-Me Healthy Babies Program

If you are pregnant and you were not approved for coverage through MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women (HPW), help may still be available through the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program.  This program helps infants get a healthy start by offering free health care coverage to unborn babies and their mothers.  To be considered for the program, you must be pregnant, apply for MO HealthNet before your delivery date, live in Missouri, have a household income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level, not have access to employer or private insurance that covers pregnancy-related care, and not be eligible for any other MO HealthNet programs. The SMHB program may be able to help with healthcare coverage to unborn children and their mother, pregnancy care such as doctor visits and prenatal vitamins, pregnancy-related care for up to 60 days after giving birth, and healthcare coverage for your child from birth up to one year of age.  For more information, visit a Family Support Division Resource Center near you, apply online or call us.

601 Business Loop 70 W, #272

(855) 373-4636

http://mydss.mo.gov and select “Services”

 

St. Raymond’s Society

Serves pregnant women and new mothers in need.  We provide coaching and resources to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. Our programs include:

  • St. Raymond’s House:  We have established transitional homes in Columbia and Jefferson City where women and their children may live while they participate in our comprehensive self-sufficiency program. This is typically a year-long commitment in which they will receive individualized coaching, accountability, and support.
  • Community Client Program:  For mothers who have stable housing but need help improving their self-sufficiency skills, we offer a 12-week program that includes one on one coaching, accountability, and access to classes and events at the St. Raymond’s House.
  • Temporary Assistance:  Recognizing that otherwise independent families sometimes face emergency situations like job loss or health crises, we assist with making community resource connections, providing necessities like baby items, diapers, personal hygiene products, and have limited funds available for one-time rent/utility assistance.

P.O. Box 105554, Jefferson City

(573) 777-1498

info@srshelp.org

http://www.srshelp.org/

 

Tiger Tot Mommies

A (currently online) community for mid-Missouri mothers. All sessions are free of charge and registration is not required. A Lactation Consultant is also available at each meeting to answer breastfeeding questions.

(573) 771-6675

https://www.muhealth.org/conditions-treatments/womens-health/tiger-tot-mommies

 

Voluntary Action Center

Car/booster seats are provided through a partnership with Safe Kids Columbia. Diapers and wipes are provided through a partnership with First Chance for Children, as well as various donors. Formula and diapers are provided based on availability.

403A Vandiver Dr.

(573) 874-2273

https://www.vacmo.org/services/baby-and-child/

 

  • Baby Formula
  • Car/Booster Seat guidelines:
    • 1 car/booster seat per child
    • 2 car/booster seats per address
    • VAC schedules 30-minute appointments through the Columbia Fire Department who hosts monthly car/booster seat events, as well as emergency appointments. Education is provided on how to install a car/booster seat provided by Safe Kids Columbia, and how to appropriately place your infant in the seat.
    • Vouchers for a car/booster seat are provided by VAC to redeem at your scheduled appointment.
  • Diapers/Pull-Ups guidelines:
    • 1 pack of diapers/pull-ups and 1 pack of baby wipes per child

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

Provides income-based nutrition services to pregnant women, new mothers, babies, and children up to their 5th birthday. The WIC staff helps families eat well and stay healthy with the following services: breastfeeding support, nutrition education and counseling, vouchers for healthy foods, health screenings, risk assessments, and referrals to health care.

1005 W. Worley St.

(573) 874-7374

https://www.como.gov/health/wic/

 

General Assistance Programs:

 

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA)

Provides numerous services to empower low-and-moderate income individuals and families throughout the eight counties of Mid-Missouri to achieve self-reliance.

807 N. Providence

(573) 443-8706
https://cmca.us/

  • Energy Assistance The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) keeps families safe and healthy by assisting with energy costs. This, in turn, reduces the risk of health and safety problems that often arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
  • Healthy Relationships ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) offers free courses for Missouri couples and individuals who want to be in a committed relationship. Courses focus on strengthening relationship skills.
  • Housing Choice Vouchers Program The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) helps to pay a subsidy amount towards the rent for low-income persons, so they can live in a house, condo, duplex, townhome, apartment, or mobile home of their choice.
  • SkillUp Offered in partnership with the Department of Social Services, SkillUp helps SNAP recipients obtain skills, training, education, and employer connections that lead to employment and on-the-job success.
  • Weatherization Weatherization supports low-income families by making their homes more energy-efficient, creating a safer, more cost-effective home environment.
  • The CMCA Area Resource Guide is a comprehensive guide of resources available to lower income individuals and families in need.

City of Refuge

A non-profit organization created to help refugees recover and regain control of their lives. We help refugees become productive, successful, and contributing members of our community. We can help you find where to grocery shop, how to get around the community using public transportation, how to go to the doctor’s office and help you access other basic needs. City of Refuge can also offer free counseling services and teach you skills you need in order to find work.

7 E. Sexton Rd.

(573) 454-1552

https://cityofrefugecolumbia.org/

 

Love INC
Raises community awareness of the value of caring for the disadvantaged and provides resources for churches to effectively, and compassionately, respond to people in need.

1516 Business Loop 70 W

(573) 256-7662
https://www.columbialoveinc.org/

 

St. Vincent De Paul Society Our Lady of Lourdes Columbia

A charity organization of the Catholic Church, who assists residents of Columbia, mostly with rent and utility bills, but all assistance requests are considered for those who are low-income and in need of assistance.

903 Bernadette Dr.

(573) 424-1022 from 8:30am to 9:30am on weekdays

https://www.svdpcomo.org/

 

United Way
United Way 2-1-1 of Missouri and Illinois is your 24/7 connection to resources and agencies near you.

2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626

https://www.211helps.org/

 

Voluntary Action Center
Helps people experiencing hardships in Boone County by providing resources for basic and emergency needs so they can overcome their hardships and maintain self-sufficiency.

403A Vandiver Dr.

(573) 874-2273
https://www.vacmo.org/

All services are subject to address limits and funding availability:

  • Baby & Child:
    • Diapers/Pull-Ups:
      • 1 pack of diapers/pull-ups and 1 pack of baby wipes per child.
    • Car/Booster Seat:
      • 1 car/booster seat per child
      • 2 car/booster seats per Address
      • VAC schedules 30-minute appointments through the Columbia Fire Department who hosts monthly car/booster seat events, as well as emergency appointments. Education is provided on how to install a brand-new car/booster seat provided by Safe Kids Columbia, and how to appropriately place your infant in the seat.
      • Vouchers for a car/booster seat are provided by VAC to redeem at your scheduled appointment.
  • Clothing:
    • Work Uniforms:
      • Recently employed and have NOT received a paycheck.
      • Client must bring a “dummy receipt” from Walmart listing the items and cost.
  • Employment:
    • Food Handler Card (once every three years)
      • Must be employed and food handler card must be required for employment (and not eligible for reimbursement by employer).
  • Food:
    • VAC Emergency Food Pantry:
      • Must have visited the Central Pantry first that month prior to receiving food from VAC.
    • Fairview Road Church of Christ Food Pantry Voucher assistance:
      • Vouchers are redeemed at the pantry on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
      • Vouchers are available every month TWO Mondays before the pantry date.
      • Vouchers are given on a first come, first served basis.
  • Health & Wellness:
    • Health/Medical:
      • Co-pay assistance request can be made up to 5 business days BEFORE the scheduled appt.
      • VAC works the following local pharmacies for prescriptions and medical equipment:
        Burrell Pharmacy, D&H, Kilgore’s, and all three Columbia Walmart locations.
    • Prescription or Medical Equipment:
      • Assistance must be requested BEFORE picking up prescriptions or medical equipment.
      • VAC will work directly with the pharmacy via FAX for partial or full payment of prescription or medical equipment.
  • Housing Services:
    • VAC understands that sometimes individuals may need some help with rent due to unforseen/emergency circumstances.  VAC receives funding to provide rent assistance for those who may need it.  Assistance ranges from one month to several months depending on the grants and eligibility.  We do not provide utility assistance. Housing/Rent screenings are done by appointment ONLY.  Call (573) 874-2273 select option 1. 
      • Case Management – for CURRENT VAC housing clients
      • Rent assistance, please contact the VAC office for eligibility
      • Motel assistance is available based on grants and eligibility
  • Identification:
    • State ID/Driver’s License
      • Once every five years per client
    • Birth Certificate – Missouri born only
      • Once in a lifetime service per client
  • Personal Care:
    • Feminine Hygiene Packs – Three types of packs are available
    • Hygiene Packs
      • Brush and comb, Chapstick, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant
    • Household Cleaning Packs
      • Cleaning solution, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, microfiber cleaning cloth, and paper towels
    • Toilet Paper
      • Number of rolls provided is based on number of individuals at address
  • Transportation:
    • Gas:
      • Vouchers may be provided once every 30 days based on funding limits.
      • Vouchers are available to request up to 5 business days before scheduled health appointments or work dates.
    • Car Repair:
      • Someone living at the address must be employed.
      • Someone living at the address must have a valid driver’s license
    • Bus Tickets assistance:
      • VAC works with the City of Columbia to offer bus tickets for Go COMO. Tickets available:
        • 8 half-fare Go COMO tickets per client per visit, once every 7 days. Limit 24 tickets per address per 12-month period.
        • Go COMO Reduced Fare ID Card pays half fare every ride. Valid one year from issue date. Can be combined with half-fare tickets for a free ride.
        • Annual Bus Passes are now provided at the Health Department.

 

Financial Resources:

 

Care Team

The Care Team provides one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals and follow-up services for you when you are experiencing significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, personal and family emergencies, financial issues, or other areas of concern. The Care Team is committed to assisting you in successfully navigating the University of Missouri campus. As Care Coordinators, we take a holistic approach in our work. This means that we are active, empathic listeners and focus on the whole person in front of us. Our goal is to join you in tackling challenges so that you do not feel alone in the process. The Care Coordinator provides resources and information to help you navigate university systems and policies while prioritizing your well-being and academic success, making connections with faculty, staff and other offices that can collaborate with you to ensure your needs are met, and to help you develop self-advocacy skills that prepare you for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college. The Care Team is not counseling or therapy. Care Coordinators have the opportunity to develop close helping relationships with students while coaching you toward appropriate self-care and self-advocacy.

https://accountability.missouri.edu/support/care-team/

 

Cashiers Office

The Office of Cashiers, a unit within the Division of Finance, is responsible for managing student finances and consists of five main areas: student account billing and collection, cashiering services, refund processing, sponsor billing, and institutional student loans.

325 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-3097

https://cashiers.missouri.edu/

 

Financial Aid

Will work with you and your family to calculate the cost of your education, point to resources that will help you plan for the costs of higher education, and help secure the financial assistance you need to fund your education here at Mizzou. 

11 Jesse Hall

(573) 882-7506

https://financialaid.missouri.edu/

Scholarships: https://financialaid.missouri.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/index.php

 

Office for Financial Success

Our primary mission is to improve the financial well-being of the campus community through the use of one-on-one consultations, group workshops and online services.

162 Stanley Hall

(573) 882-2173

https://financialsuccess.missouri.edu

 

Money Smart

The FDIC Money Smart program is free program that is open to everyone wanting to manage their financial future. The program will provide you with a free credit report analysis and help you understand how to improve your credit and make a plan for home ownership. The class meets on Mondays for two hours over a ten-week period. You can choose from a class that begins at 12:00 Noon or an evening class that begins at 6:30 p.m. 

(573) 443-2556, ext. 7017

http://www.columbiaha.com/services/money-smart-financial-literacy-program

 

Prosper U

ProsperU was created to help individuals and businesses learn more about how to build a successful financial life. Classes change every month and registration is easy. Classes include: Resume Writing for Individuals; Student Loan Repayment Strategies; Stretching Your Food Budget; Personal Budgeting Basics; Scholarships: Finding Free Money for College; Car Buying 101; Understanding Your Credit; and much more!

700 E. Broadway

(573) 817-8900

https://www.centralbank.net/prosperu/

 

Other Resources:

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

Makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through 18.  BBBSCMO utilizes research-based mentoring practices to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of hundreds of young people in mid-Missouri. 

4250 E. Broadway, Suite 1067

(573) 874-3677

http://www.bigsofcentralmo.org/

 

Boone County Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities:

 

CenturyLink Lifeline

Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service purchased from participating providers. The discounts, which can be applied to stand-alone broadband, bundled voice-broadband packages — either fixed or mobile — and/or stand-alone voice service, help ensure that low-income consumers can afford state-of-the-art broadband and the access it provides to jobs, education and opportunities. The Lifeline discount may be used for voice or qualified broadband service, but not both. Lifeline discounts on voice services are available to participants of both state and federally-recognized aid programs. 

https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html

 

Columbia Area Career Center

Columbia Area Career Center is a part of the Columbia Public School District and serves the community by providing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and courses to a variety of ages. Includes adult online training programs and other personal enrichment training.

4203 S. Providence Rd.

(573) 214-3803

https://career-center.org/

 

Columbia Public Library

The library provides computers for accessing the internet, checking email, research, etc. There is no charge to use these computers, and to log on you need either an active Daniel Boone Regional Library card or a temporary guest pass. The library’s computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Basic black and white printing costs 10¢ per page. Color printing requires staff assistance and costs 50¢ per page. Cardholders also have access to eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, magazines, movies and TV on the go.

100 W. Broadway

(573) 443-3161

www.dbrl.org/

 

Mid Missouri Legal Services Columbia Office

Provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals in many situations, but not in any criminal issue, including traffic tickets. For assistance with these matters, you may contact your local public defender office or the Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 636-3635.

1201 W. Broadway

(573) 442-0116

https://www.mmls.org/

 

Minority Men’s Network & Educational Foundation

The Minority Men’s Network envisions a Columbia/Boone County where all ethnic minorities are entitled to and equitably participate in all aspects of the community. We value Educational Achievement and Academic Excellence. We support our youth along the continuum from Cradle to Career and strongly encourage pursuing education beyond high school. We value our work as Mentors and Role Models to the youth in our community, as well as Mentors to each other within the Network. We seek Connectedness among ourselves and within our community. We value Economic Empowerment for ethnic minorities and disadvantaged persons in our community. Every person should have the opportunity to support him or herself and their family. We value Diversity and Inclusion. All are welcome, but we do believe it is important to address issues of social justice and inequity within our community.

https://minoritymensnetwork.org/

 

The Missouri Women’s Business Center

Dedicated to providing small business development assistance to aspiring women, with a focus on minority and low-to-moderate income-based entrepreneurs throughout Mid-Missouri. We do this through relevant programming and guided support to help them start their own business. From initial concepts to building a steady stream of economic resources, our mission is to break down the barriers that women in our community face when owning and operating a business.

Central Missouri Community Action

500 E. Walnut, Suite 103

(573) 818-2980

https://www.mmls.org/

education

Education Resources:

 

Finish Line Degree Completion Grant

Grant from Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation (MSLF) designed to assist Missouri students who have left post-secondary school and are prevented from re-enrolling and completing a degree due to an outstanding balance. This opportunity is offered to undergraduate students attending participating Missouri 4-year and 2-year institutions and the State Technical College. The back balance of up to $3,000 is paid: half by MSLF and half by the participating school. Eligible students will be identified by the participating school and must be a Missouri resident, have a back balance of $3,000 or less, have a current or last previously known Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $12,000 or less, be within approximately 30 credit hours of degree/certificate completion, and meet academic progress standards as set by the participating school. The program is administered by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with program rules and applicable laws. Grants are the decision of the MSLF and the participating school.

https://www.moslf.org/documents/MSLFFinishLineBrochure.pdf

 

Healthcare Industry Training & Education (HITE) Program

The HITE program provides eligible low-income individuals the opportunity to receive training for a career in the healthcare industry. Trainings available through the HITE Program include: Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse (RN), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN), Nursing Assistant (NA), Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, Medical Lab Technician, Surgical Technician, Phlebotomist, Pharmacy Technician, Health Technologist/Technician, Medical Records and Health Info. Techs, Patient Service Reps and Medical Secretary, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Paramedic. To qualify for the HITE Program, you must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the U.S., registered with selective service as required, have a high school diploma or equivalent, live in one of the qualifying counties (Boone County is included), and meet the income requirements for your household. If you qualify you may also receive transportation assistance and training supplies. After successfully completing training, you can receive help with finding a position in the healthcare industry. For more information, or to apply, call the number below.

(573) 578-6629

https://mydss.mo.gov/hite-program

 

Skill Up Program

SkillUP is a free program that helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients get help with skills, training, and employer connections to get a job (or a better job). A SkillUP job coach will work with you to create an individual plan to help you reach your goals and start a new career. The SkillUP program can also help you:

  • Get skills you need through workshops and classes
  • Pay for short-term training and certifications
  • Pay for some daycare, work, or training costs
  • Understand your job skills and what you are interested in
  • Update or create your resume so employers can see your skills
  • Connect you with employers

SNAP recipients contact: CMCA Family Resource Center

800 N. Providence Rd.

(573) 443-1100

TANF recipients contact: MERS Goodwill

101 N. 4th St.

(573) 607-9798

 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Voc Rehab enables persons with disabilities and impairments to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment and specializes in employment and training services. Services include vocational guidance and counseling (the foundation of our services, job placement assistance and job readiness training, and college or vocational training.

900 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite 210

(573) 441-6327

https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation

job

Employment Resources:

 

Brainfuse JobNow

A new online program through the regional library which requires a library card to login and access the resources (library cards are free!). Provides free online help for job seekers of all ages. Set up live, one-on-one sessions with job coaches for help with interviewing or job searching. View templates to help structure your resume. Submit your resume for personalized feedback and assistance. Explore careers to determine which jobs would be a good fit for you. Access a wide variety of professional skill-building resources.

Daniel Boone Regional Library
https://www.brainfuse.com/JobNow/index.asp?a_id=4EE59DDD&ss=&r=

 

Missouri Job Center

Provides job placement assistance, employer services, resume preparation, Unemployment Insurance (UI) filing information, Missouri reentry process, Employment Services for Veterans. Veterans should ask for the Veteran Representative.

800 Cherry St.

(573) 441-6361

https://ded.mo.gov/

 

MU Career Center

Offers a broad range of services and resources to assist students in their career-related needs. We assist students in finding majors, exploring career options, seeking student employment, drafting a resume or cover letter, developing job search strategies, building interview skills, and much more.

201 Student Success Center

(573) 882-6801 or chat with a Career Specialist on the website

https://career.missouri.edu

 

Professional Development Aid

Need help creating or editing your resume? Want to practice interviewing for a job? Maybe you just want to learn how to tie a tie. Professional Development Aid can help with all the basics of finding and obtaining employment. This program is completely free, but by appointment only. Call or email to schedule an appointment.

Armory Sports Center
701 E. Ash

(573) 874-6379

Jay.Bradley@como.gov

 

Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. You qualify if you didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge and have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA. You may also qualify if you are still on active duty.  See website for more information.

https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/

 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Voc Rehab enables persons with disabilities and impairments to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment and specializes in employment and training services. Services include vocational guidance and counseling (the foundation of our services, job placement assistance and job readiness training, and college or vocational training.

900 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite 210

(573) 441-6327

https://dese.mo.gov/adult-learning-rehabilitation-services/vocational-rehabilitation

 

Employment Postings:

 

veteran

Veteran Resources:

Missouri Job Center

Provides job placement assistance, employer services, resume preparation, Unemployment Insurance (UI) filing information, Missouri reentry process, Employment Services for Veterans. Veterans should ask for the Veteran Representative.

800 Cherry St.

(573) 441-6361

https://ded.mo.gov/

 

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

800 Hospital Dr.

(573) 814-6000

(800) 273-8255 (press 1): Veteran’s Crisis Line

https://www.columbiamo.va.gov/

 

School of Law Veterans Clinic

Students at the University of Missouri Law Veterans Clinic help veterans and their families secure disability benefits.  Students are supervised by an experienced attorney at each step.

https://law.missouri.edu/veterans-clinic/

 

Student Veterans Resource & Support Center

Meets the needs and addresses the concerns of veterans at Mizzou. It’s a designated place on campus where you can find camaraderie and friendship along with resources and support. 

N-5 Memorial Union

(573) 884-4383

https://veterans.missouri.edu/

 

Veterans Crisis Line
Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
(800) 273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online
www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. You qualify if you didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge and have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA. You may also qualify if you are still on active duty.  See website for more information.

https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/

International/Multicultural Resources:

Centro Latino De Salud

Offers English/Spanish classes, Computer skills, Health Education. The mission of Centro Latino is to empower Latinos, Latino families and the general public through provision of services and guidance in navigating the health, education and cultural resources of mid-Missouri. Centro Latino provides assistance to immigrants as they become acclimated to their new environment with its different laws, customs, and language. Families and individuals that contact the Centro receive orientation to the community as well as physical, mental, and social support. The Centro strives to empower Latinos to live in an environment of mutual respect that encompasses personal interaction in the community as well as appropriate treatment by, and interaction with, service providers. Centro Latino helps all Latino families regardless of national origin, religion, or immigration status.

609 N. Garth Ave.

(573) 449-9442

http://centrolatino.missouri.org/

 

Christian Campus House (CCH): The International Center

The Christian Campus House (CCH) International Ministry is a place learn more about American culture and traditions, find help with conversational English, experience unique events and trips, and develop friendships along the way! CCH has developed a number of practical programs designed to help you as you adjust to life in Columbia. 

  • English Language Partners: We arrange for you to meet with an American language partner every week to practice spoken English. Over the years, we have found that this program is also one of the best ways to develop friendships and experience life in your host country.
  • Bicycle Lending Program: Transportation can be a problem in American cities, like Columbia. While we cannot help you purchase a car, we can provide a bicycle for you to use for a semester.
  • Furniture Assistance: CCH has a small collection of furniture and access to vehicles that can transport large items. We may be able to provide some pieces that you may need and/or help you transport furniture to make your living arrangements more livable.
  • Events: Several times throughout the year, CCH International will arrange activities to surrounding cities or towns. These trips may last anywhere from half a day to weekend trips where we stay up to two nights at our destination.
  • International Women’s Outreach: Every Thursday morning, CCH women host English classes and other enjoyable activities for international women. Transportation for those without vehicles is provided. Childcare is provided at CCH for those mothers with children.

608 South College Avenue

https://www.mizzoucch.org/international/

 

Hillel Jewish Campus Center

Mizzou Hillel is a place where Jewish students at Mizzou come to meet each other and get involved in Jewish life at the university. Each week, we hold student-led Shabbat services and have a Shabbat dinner. We hold numerous social programs each month as well as social action and religious programs and frequently collaborate with other organizations on campus. All Jewish students are recognized as members of the Jewish Student Organization.

1107 University Ave.

(573) 443-7460

https://mizzouhillel.com/

 

MU International Center

Study abroad programs and services for international students and scholars. 

  • International Friendship Program: International undergraduate and graduate students are matched with local American volunteers to facilitate cross-cultural relationships. The program provides international students in their first semester at MU with a more intimate and authentic experience of American culture. In return, American volunteers learn about another country and culture, develop cross-cultural competencies and help foster a global community at Mizzou. Applications are accepted around the start of each fall and spring semester.
  • Kaleidoscope: Kaleidoscope is a community outreach program where MU international students and scholars visit area elementary schools or other educational programs to share about their home countries and cultures. Kaleidoscope is temporarily paused for the 2021/22 academic year.
  • English Classes: The University of Missouri and the Columbia community offer multiple programs for developing English language skills. International Student and Scholar Services does not endorse any particular language program listed here. The list is to be used only as a guide: https://international.missouri.edu/isss/living-in-columbia/support-and-outreach-programs/english-classes/

N52 Memorial Union

(573) 882-6007

https://international.missouri.edu/

 

 

Updated 07/06/2021